Atlas Obscura Society Los Angeles: Mountain View Cemetery’s Famed Mausoleum

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    Mountain View Cemetery is one of Los Angeles’ most beautiful and undiscovered wonders, positioned underneath the picturesque San Gabriel Mountains and home to many of California’s historic figures. It’s also home to one of the most recognized crypts in the country, the “Crown Jewel” of mausoleums.

    Join Atlas Obscura for a closer look at the cemetery’s famed Mountain View Mausoleum with local historian Nick Smith and funeral director, film actor, and author of Confessions… of an L.A. Funeral Director Denny Dormody. The event will begin in the mausoleum chapel, where Nick and Denny will share some of the history of Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum, including its 180-foot fresco painting depicting scenes from the Bible. From there, you’ll explore the main corridor, the new radiance hall, crypts and niches aplenty, and even a bit of the cemetery on our walk over to the smaller mausoleum, which sits across the street. Along the way Nick and Denny will point out some of the famous individuals and civil war heroes interred in the cemetery.

    Afterwards, you’ll have the unique opportunity to view the prop/faux preparatory room, which was created for the sole purpose of film shoots depicting mortuary preparation. Surprisingly realistic and authentic in appearance, the room features a prep table, sinks, and even a mock freezer unit that opens. The enormous cemetery and grounds will be open post-tour for further (self-led) exploration.

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